A DIY, Vineyard Wedding at Wine Country Gardens in Defiance, Missouri

Leslie Foldy (51 and a marketing manager) and Roy Silkwood’s (48 and a branch manager) wedding was the picture of fall. Drawing on a rich palette of a

Leslie Foldy (51 and a marketing manager) and Roy Silkwood’s (48 and a branch manager) wedding was the picture of fall. Drawing on a rich palette of autumnally inspired hues and the locale for inspiration, Leslie and Roy pulled off an intimate, fun-filled day with lots of cozy, rustic touches. Wine Country Gardens played host to the affair, the vineyard setting offering a stunning natural backdrop and welcoming atmosphere that went hand-in-hand with the couple’s vision. The couple made almost every detail themselves, giving the day an extra special touch, while keeping costs down. For months Leslie scoured the local vintage markets, antique shops and swap/swells to score unique accents, like bed springs, weather vanes, shutters and jars, which were then used to make inspired centerpieces and decorative displays. Silk flowers were used for most of the centerpieces, but for the bouquets and boutonnieres, the couple decided to go fresh, enlisting the help of a friend to create fall-inspired arrangements of fiery red and purple calla lilies, artichokes and lush greenery. Both Leslie and Roy have children from previous relationships, so to highlight the joining of the two families, it was important for the couple to have their children as involved in the proceedings as possible. Their sons and daughters were the only members of their wedding party and Leslie’s son Jared played the music during the ceremony. The couple also wrote their own vows, another touch that left a personal mark on the day. A tip for the taking from Leslie: “Keep a sense of humor and know there will be hiccups during your special day. These are the things you will look back on and remember so fondly. “

“Because we got married at a winery, so much beauty and character was already inherent in the venue. Rather than spend a lot of money on flowers for additional décor, we focused our budget on other things,” says Leslie. While the couple looked to silk flowers and vintage elements for their centerpieces, they decided to use real flowers for the bouquets and boutonnieres. Through a good friend, the couple was able to find someone that did floral design outside of her full-time job as a florist at a local grocery store. She was able to bring Leslie’s dream bouquet to life, mixing orange and plum-colored calla lilies with dark purple artichokes, large leafy greenery and a few wispy grasses that added a whimsical touch.
Elbow-Length Wedding Veil with Delicate Beaded Edging
Both Leslie and Roy had six children between them from previous marriages. The couple decided to have only their children as members of their wedding party, making the day a true family affair and highlighting the coming together of the two families. The girls donned floor-length gowns in a deep shade of plum, while the guys sported classic black suits with  ties in the same hue as the girls’ dresses.
Dark Purple Satin Bridal Heels with Purple Stone Embellishments and Beading
Traditional Black Three-Piece Suits with Dark Plum Ties and Bow Ties
Fiery Orange Calla Lily and Fern Boutonniere and Plum Pocket Square
Leslie had originally planned to wear a simple dress and a birdcage veil for the wedding to keep things more low-key. But, a trip to the bridal salon quickly changed her mind. She decided to try on a traditional floor-length gown in a strapless, A-line silhouette by David’s Bridal. The gown featured elegant asymmetric draping and a crystal brooch for a bit of decorative flair. “When I tried on this particular dress, my dear friend who went with me to try on dresses started crying. We then knew that this was the dress,” says Leslie.
Growing up in Nashville, Leslie’s son Jared had a passion for music. For the ceremony, he and his good friends performed an acoustic set, playing “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri and “The Prayer” by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. As part of the wedding party, Jared walked down the aisle with the rest of his siblings and then joined his friends to play the cello and complete the ceremony processional.
Instead of having their guests sign a more traditional guest book, Leslie and Roy decided to get a little creative. They painted a canvas with a tropical, floral print and asked their friends and family members to write their well wishes and advice on the canvas. The alternative guest book could then be used as a piece of art work they could hang in their home.
Leslie used some of her vintage market finds to decorate the guest book table. Antique silver platters and wood-framed chalk boards were used as signs, encouraging guests to leave their well wishes for the newlyweds, while reclaimed metal lettering — an L and an R representing the couple's first names — was added for a personalized backdrop.
Mason Jar of Well Wishes
Handwritten Seating Chart in Fall Colors
In the months leading up to the wedding, Leslie hit up her favorite local vintage markets, swap/sell events and antique shops to hunt down unique items to incorporate into the wedding decor. Rusty bed springs, window shutters, bird cages, weathervanes and more were used to create the centerpieces and decorative accents, bringing Leslie and Roy's vision to life.
Wine Country Gardens seemed like the perfect spot for Leslie and Roy to host their fall wedding. The vineyard had a distinct rustic feel that tied in seamlessly with their DIY decor and fall-inspired color palette. Plus, none of their guests had been to the vineyard before, making it a memorable experience for everyone.
Handmade Rhinestone and Kraft Paper Place Cards
Purple Hand-Painted Table Numbers
To save on costs and give the day an extra personal touch, Leslie and Roy decided to make a lot of the decor themselves. For the centerpieces, they opted for silk flowers instead of fresh, arranging them in burlap wrapped jars and bud vases. The vases as well as purple grapes, candles and greenery were placed on top of cedar wood rounds to give each table top a rustic, vineyard-inspired look.
Orange Sugar-Dusted Cake Balls